The University of Sussex is committed to providing a safe environment for all members of its community regardless of their age; ability or disability; gender; race; religion; ethnic origin; sexual orientation; marital status; or transgender status.

The University, as a higher education provider is not subject to the same legal safeguarding duties as schools, further education colleges, local authorities, and care providers. However, as part of creating a safe environment for its community and aside from its legal disclosure and barring obligations, it has a moral and ethical responsibility to help safeguard the welfare of children and adults at risk by reporting any such concerns.

The University is committed, through its core values of kindness, integrity, inclusion, collaboration and courage, to treating all people with respect and dignity; to challenge any form of bullying, harassment, discrimination, intimidation, exploitation or abuse; and to safeguard children and adults at risk. All members of the University community have an essential role to play in keeping children and adults at risk safe.


The University of Sussex Safeguarding Policy can be found at Safeguarding Policy [DOCX 143.25KB]. Operational Safeguarding Guidance has been prepared to assist staff. This can be accessed by clicking on the Safeguarding Guidance tab on the left or

If you have a question relating to any of the information provided within these pages, please contact Louise Spenceley. (contact details below) (+44(0)1273 873855 Internal Extension: 3855)

What to do in an emergency

Emergency situation Any person at immediate risk of harm to themselves or others can call: 
  • On campus - Security 01273 87(3333). They will contact the emergency services and guide them to the location of the incident.
  • Off campus - 999 for emergency response.

Further guidance on safeguarding: